Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Reading Envy 165: Delightful Reads with Claire Handscombe

Claire Handscombe joins Jenny to discuss recent reads, bookish podcasts, and Claire talks about what brought her to DC, her writing project, and the bookseller's life. Be sure to check out Claire's podcast, blog, and books, all linked at the end of the shownotes.

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Books discussed:



Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Flights by Olga Takarczuk; Translated by Jennifer Croft
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
Summerlings by Lisa Howarth
Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson


Other mentions:

Reading Glasses podcast
Book Riot "main" podcast
East City Bookshop
Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Homesick by Jennifer Croft
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Takarczuk
Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais
Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson
The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
Mina by Kim Sagwa, translated by Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton


Related Episodes:

Episode 155 - Books About Music Recommendations Episode with Thomas


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Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive

Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Earlier this year, I read Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and took the accompanying test, testing lower than I would have liked to. Reading Permission to Feel helped me understand that emotional intelligence is something that must be modeled and taught intentionally (so that explains a lot.)

I appreciate this book because it can be read from a lot of perspectives - for personal growth, as a parent, an educator, or just a human in the world. Brackett unpacks emotional intelligence in the first part of the book, then introduces a tool he likes to use. He uses RULER - Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, Regulate - and there are chapters on each of those skills. The final section addresses emotional intelligence in schools, homes, and work.

It was interesting to read the failures of his work - they started by trying to teach educators how to teach emotional intelligence but quickly discovered that the teachers themselves needed to be trained and improve their own first (as is often the case with most pedagogy!)

I read it from the perspective of working in higher education, but found more to reflect on for myself. Not too surprisingly, mindfulness is a component of both recognizing and regulating ones emotions, so I appreciated the connection to a practice I already have.

Thanks to the publisher for sending a copy my way. This came out September 3, 2019.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Review: Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is such a perfect capture of various lgbtq+ communities in the United States in the 80s & 90s that I'd recommend it for that aspect alone. But the main character, who has the ability to shapeshift gender to move more easily within these spaces, really makes for a unique read. It's so hard to believe this is a debut novel because it feels so elegantly written (often about not so elegant topics!) I laughed a lot especially at the beginning.

This book came out 23 April 2019, but I did recently acquire a review copy through NetGalley from the publisher because it was available still AND one of my Goodreads groups was having a fascinating discussion of it and I felt left out.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Review: Cantoras

Cantoras Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was late to a scheduled podcast recording Sunday because I just had to finish this book first. It is beautifully written about five women living in Uruguay, building a found family to live as who they really are, despite dictators, trauma, and fear. Some of the story comes from research the author did on the first LGBTQ+ spaces in Uruguay, not in the city but on the very edge of the country between ocean and sand dunes. The five women in the novel buy a shack that becomes their escape. Each character is unique, they all have individual connections with the other characters, and the time spans 1970s to 2013. I also noticed the tension created by coming out in a time of extreme oppression such as a dictatorship, and the long-term damage that can do. This feels like a story that runs deep for the person writing it as well.

I had a copy from the publisher through NetGalley, it came out September 3, and this is one of my top reads so far this year.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Books Read August 2019: 184-205


Pictured: August's 5-star Reads (both come out later this year, whoops)

184. American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson **** (personal copy; my review)
185. Space Invaders by Nona Fernandez ***** (print ARC; my review)
186. Outspoken by Veronica Reuckeurt **** (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
187. Bunny by Mona Awad **** (library copy; my review)
188. Honestly, We Meant Well by Grant Ginder *** (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
189. Blow: A Love Story by Tracy Ewens **** (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
190. Atlantic Winds by William Prendeville *** (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
191. Everything Under by Daisy Johnson **** (library copy; my review)
192. Concrete Island by J.G. Ballard **** (library copy; my review)
193. Self-Portrait in Green by Marie NDiaye **** (personal copy; my review)
194. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak **** (eARC from NetGalley; my review)
195. The Delight of Being Ordinary by Ronald Merullo *** (personal copy; my review)
196. Turbulence by David Szalay **** (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
197. Maresi Red Mantle by Maria Turtschaninoff **** (personal copy; my review)
198. Blood Sisters by Kim Yideum **** (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
199. The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang **** (Hoopla audiobook; my review)
200. Flights by Olga Tokarczuk **** (personal copy; my review)
201. The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore *** (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
202. Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson ***** (print ARC; my review)
203. Vivian by Christina Hesselholdt **** (eARC from Edelweiss; my review)
204. Mina by Kim Sagwa **** (personal copy; my review)
205. Thaw by Elyse Springer **** (personal Kindle copy; my review)

Total Books Read: 22

Audiobooks: 1
eBooks: 10
Print: 11

Library copy: 4
Personal copy: 7
Review copy: 11

Asia 2019 goal: 3
NetGalley Reviewathon: 4 (plus a bunch of cookbooks)
TBR Explode project: 1
Women in Translation Month: 7


Friday, August 30, 2019

Review: Frankissstein

Frankissstein Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay I waited as long as I could to give in and read this ARC. I read all 352 pages on the night which also happened to be Jeanette Winterson's 60th birthday. She interweaves Mary Shelley with a 21st century transgender doctor named Ry - both are obsessed in different ways with concepts of bodies and creation. Themes of gender, found families, sex, creation, and love flow throughout but it's delightful to read and I devoured it. Please keep Winterson for the short list, Man Booker judges.

I received a copy from the publisher. It doesn't come out in the United States until October!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Reading Envy 164: Character Driven with Carol Ann

Carol Ann is back to talk books with more reading in her rearview. We each talk about books we've liked lately but also end up talking about cheese at the end. Jenny did feel she'd spoiled too much for one book so that discussion has been removed!

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Books discussed:



The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Bunny by Mona Awad
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson


Other mentions:

Plainsong by Kent Haruf
John Irving
Barbara Kingsolver
Beach Music by Pat Conroy
My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles
The Captured by Scott Zesch
The Pat Conroy Cookbook by Pat Conroy
Tillamook Cheese Cookbook by Kathy Holstad

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Maresi Red Mantle by Maria Turtschaninoff


Related Episodes:

Episode 099 - Readalong: The Secret History
Episode 103 - Duchess Potatoes with Carol Ann Ellison
Episode 116 - Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again with Jeff Koeppen
Episode 118 - Reading Envy Readalong: To the Bright Edge of the World 
Episode 161 - Women in Translation Month Recommendations with Lauren


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